Is Hayao Miyazaki really coming out of retirement to direct an animated feature?
Hayao Miyazaki is the most highly-acclaimed living animation director in the world, even though he's officially retired and doesn't make films anymore. But just yesterday, rumors started circulating that Miyazaki himself hinted at making a comeback, and its got fans wondering and hoping that he's seriously considering coming out of retirement to create another masterpiece.
On September 1st, an advanced screening and press conference was held in Tokyo for the Studio Ghibli co-produced animated feature The Red Turtle, directed by Dutch filmmaker Michael Dudok de Wit. Being that t's the first foreign film that Ghibli played a hand in producing, Toshio Suzuki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli and producer of The Red Turtle, was present for the introduction of the film, along with Dudok de Wit. After the screening, of which all those present thoroughly enjoyed, the two men took the stage and answered some questions. It was during this time, that people were made aware of a meeting between Dudok de Wit and Miyazaki a few days prior, when the Japanese icon was shown the final cut of the film.
"It's marvelous that the film is absolutely free from influences of Japanese animation," said Miyazaki to the Dutch director. "I want the staff from this movie. If I had this staff, I think I could do it . . . " Sure, all this comes from a private conversation, and maybe it means nothing at all. But there are reports that Miyazaki is not exactly enjoying life after retirement, and all creative geniuses need something to do, after all. If we're lucky, the man who created and brought us My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke may be thinking about coming back.
Trailer for The Red Turtle
Toshio Suzuki and director Michael Dudok de Wit